SNLs Tim Meadows stops by to interview for a job at IKEA, while Illeana creates a team building event for her fellow IKEAns in an effort to outshine Justines Forty and Bitter talk show and win Co-Worker of the Year. She and her co-workers quickly discover team building feels a lot like speed dating and thats just awkward. Watch for the first appearance of Sparhusen!Read More
In the wake of her embarrassing 'celebrity shoplifter' incident, Erik re-assigns Illeana to the IKEA warehouse. Desperate to get back on track to win 'Co-Worker of the Year,' Illeana hires 'Ask a Ninja's' Kent Nichols and Doug Sarine to produce a campaign video that slings more than a little mud at her competitor Justine Bateman.Read More
In search of ratings (and votes for Co-Worker of the Year), Justine ambushes Illeana with a live 'celebrity shoplifting intervention' on 'Forty and Bitter' and admits she too has taken everything from Jennifer Tilly's suit to pieces of the 'Family Ties' set.Read More
Illeana fears she will never win 'Co-worker of the Year' after Spazzy Sheraton gets a copy of the very private tape she made with Tom Arnold and broadcasts it to the world. Pep talks from Gigi (Cheri Oteri) and Lance (Michael Irpino) inspire her to keep on going.Read More
The winner of IKEA's coveted 'Co-Worker of the Year' is revealed, but that's only the beginning. Illeana, Justine and their fellow IKEAns are on a plane bound for Sweden, where new co-workers, new relationships and 'bitter' rivalries combine to re-define 'in-flight entertainment.'Read More
The sun is setting and deep in the woods of Uppsala Illeana's journey takes an awe-inspiring turn when a mysterious man, playing the violin, leads her to the water in order to wash away all of her troubles. Back at the 40 and Bitter set in Stockholm, Paul regrets how he handled his relationship with Illeana and turns to his friend, Pete, to help him find her before it's too late.Read More
The IKEA coworkers have arrived on their mystical adventure in Sweden, and while some are tucked away in their hotel rooms getting ready for their journey's others like Illeana and Paul are becoming more than coworkers. Manager Erik has some love trouble of his own when brother Sung catches sister Sam getting a handball lesson from him in the middle of the night! Meanwhile Lance preps Illeana for their big bike ride to Uppsala.Read More
Lance and Illeana have left on their journey to Uppsala and Paul disappoints Pete when he tells him he's going to skip Illeana's, "Coworker of the Year" ceremony in Upsalla because Justine needs their band The Traveling Lingonberry's to rehearse in Stockholm.
Meanwhile coworkers John and Karin sneak into Bjorn Epstein's room to try to track down the elusive band Sparhusen who may be in Gothenburg.Read More
Justine sends her assistant home to America because she left her dream catcher on her bureau and retains a Swedish assistant named Abby to help prepare Justine for her "40 and Bitter" talk show in Stockholm. While Justine gets ready for her big day Abby lets in a strangely seductive room service waiter named "J". Justine is shocked to find out he is no ordinary Swedish waiter, and Abby may have accidentally changed the course of Justine's journey in Sweden.Read More
Illeana and Lance take a wrong turn and meet up with a group of Swedish birdwatchers in the forest and are persuaded to stay and have a picnic. Lance reveals to Illeana he may not actually be Swedish and Illeana delights her new friends Gala and Henrik with tales of Hollywood while they share some Swedish folk tunes with her.Read More
Illeana entertains the Swedish Birdwatchers but when she boasts about her Hussen invention, The Meatball Delivery System, Henrik tells her he thinks that famed IKEA designer S.Erland Hussen was an oddball not a designer. While Gala and Henrik rekindle their love, Illeana discovers a note from Paul that changes their destiny and leads her deep into the forest.Read More
IKEA coworkers Ethan and Wayne try to impress their new Swedish girl friends Ebbe and Signe with their knowledge of Swedish films but the girls soon realize they may have fallen for a case of mistaken identity and are not happy about it.
Meanwhile next store famed Swedish director Stig Martinson is trying to cast his film,"48 Hours of Daylight", but just can't seem to find the right type of American actor, and while assistant Monika finds out what the noise next door is about, the case of mistaken identity may lead to starring roles for Wayne and Ethan.Read More
At the 40 and Bitter set in Stockholm, Justine's Swedish assistant, Abby, arrives backstage and greets a nervous Director Folke and Justine's ardent suitor, Olle. Abby takes control and barks orders on behalf of Justine, but she may have taken on a bigger role than Justine had expected. Meanwhile, back at the hotel, "J" Bateman is getting ready to ship a very heavy package back to the US, and the contents may change the journey for all the IKEA coworkers in Sweden.Read More
At the Gothenburg Opera House, Karin and John sneak in to watch as Bjorn Epstein works on his rock opera, Scorpio Rising with temperamental singer, Lars St. Claire. While they take a break, Bjorn discovers the intruders who beg for permission to stay and watch rehearsal in the hopes that they can finally meet Sparhusen. Mysterious Lars seems to cast a spell on Karin and John begins to consider that he may have feelings for her. Back in the woods of Uppsala, Lance anxiously searches for the missing Illeana, and the musical interlude that ensues while John watches Scorpio Rising reflects the journey that Illeana is now facing.Read More
Manager Erik's journey changes forever when Sam reveals she may want to be more than Erik's "super good friend." Erik is nervous about meeting Sam's mother Mrs. Hullestaad at Sung's handball game. And while they travel through the Swedish countryside Pete and Paul continue to search for Illeana who is missing.Read More
Coworkers Ethan and Wayne educate director Stig Martinsson and Monika on how to make an American buddy cop movie but Ethan's flirting with Monika may cost him a role in "48 hours of Daylight". Meanwhile Manager Erik and Sam arrive late to Sung's big handball game in Trosa and find Mrs. Hullestaad fuming at a bad call by Iceland.Read More
Over dinner at the family's restaurant," Asia Tiska", a secret Sam has been keeping may not escape mamma Hullestaad as she reminisces over the adoption of Sam and Sung to manager Erik. The mythical IKEA figure S.Erland Hussen speaks from the heart and reveals he may have been guiding this Swedish journey all along. As Pete, Paul and Lance frantically search for a still missing Illeana, Hussen reminds all the lost coworkers that they are never truly lost and he may have been watching out for them all along.Read More
Illeana hitches a ride to the IKEA in Uppsala with friend and ghost S.Erland Hussen to collect her Coworker of the Year prize from the head of the company Sigvard Thorsten but tells her journey is just beginning. Like a Russian novel nothing turns out the way Illeana thought it would and while the coworker she meets teaches her to "keep learning" Illeana comes to accept that being a cog in the wheel of a workplace may in fact lead to her true vocation.Read More
Lance, Pete and a heartbroken Paul discuss the best way to tell manager Erik they may have lost coworker Illeana in Sweden. Back in Stockholm, American comic Sammy Salt finds out he may need to resort to magic tricks while Director Folke and the anxious 40 and Bitter audience waits for a very late Justine Bateman.Read More
Co-workers Lance, Pete, and Paul are reunited with a "reborn" Illeana but need to get back to Stockholm in time for Justine's show. Meanwhile, MC Sammy Salt vamps while director Folke searches for a still missing Justine, and coworker's John and Karin face down manager Bjorn Epstein in Gothenberg to find IKEA's favorite elusive Swedish band, Spärhusen!Read More
While the audience of "40 and Bitter" impatiently wait for the arrival of Justine Bateman backstage, Jebedehia Bateman may be experiencing his first celebrity meltdown. Meanwhile, Illeana and Paul, while returning from Upsula, have some sad realizations about their relationship.Read More
Returning from Sweden, and determined to get past the her breakup with Paul, Illeana prepares for her first day back at work. She is bursting with optimism and can't wait to begin her newest project: replacing Justine Bateman as host of IKEA's in-house talk show.
Skeptical neighbor (Laraine Newman) is not at all impressed.
As she rides her bike to work, Illeana gets an inspirational pep-talk from her ghost/mentor S. Erland Hussen (Ed Begley, Jr.).
Little does Illeana know that a new corporate manager named Grover, sent from IKEA HQ, is determined to stop her new show.Read More
Illeana's first day back to work is turned upside down when she finds out she's going to have to work with a "professional" producer to help run her new talk show, now called, "This Side Up."
As Manager Erik (Eric Lange) prepares for his forced paternity leave he hires "professional" producer Howard Friske to help out Illeana.
Illeana meets the enthusiastic Manager Marcus (Wayne Federman), a show-biz trivia buff who was recently transferred from the Carson store. Marcus loves the "sparkle" in Burbank and is thrilled to meet Illeana. Marcus volunteers to help run the IKEA'S GOT TALENT show.Read More
Illeana's new talk show seems doomed after meeting her new producer, Howard Friske (Roger Bart). The two have nothing in common except an instant dislike for each other.
Howard tries to convince Illeana that working together could be a great opportunity. He pleads for a chance to prove his worth.
Illeana is shocked to learn of Manager Grover's scathing secret report entitled, "The Effects of Illeana Douglas on IKEA." Grover cannot understand how in-store romances, talk-shows, and Tom Arnold videos will help sell IKEA furniture. He remains determined to shut down Illeana's dreams.Read More
A broken-hearted Illeana, still wounded from her breakup with Paul, learns that she and her "producer" Howard Friske have more in common than either would care to admit.
Grover reveals some devastating background information about Howard Friske's past. But the embarrassing disclosures have the opposite effect on Manager Marcus when he realizes that Howard produced his favorite failed reality rodeo show.
Faced with replacing her house band Illeana reaches out to the Rascal Flatts... and gets a surprising answer.Read More
Desperate to keep this job, Howard Friske pleads with Illeana to trust him. She relents and the two begin to build a fragile working relationship... and maybe a touch of romance.
Howard's first idea is to bring in two IKEA copywriters- Yolanda (Kate Micucci) and Kianoosh (Paiman Kalayeh) to punch up her jokes for "This Side Up".
Illeana is not sure how writing unforgettable furniture gags for the IKEA catalogue will help her show.... but she has no choice.Read More
Manager Erik, on forced paternity leave, writes a very popular Daddy Blog. He gets so distracted by his new internet success that he may have forgotten to do something very important with the baby.
Howard and Illeana struggle to find the right tone for "this Side Up."
One of the writers Kianoosh, the self proclaimed "Persian Don Draper," is not sure he has the skills to update Illeana's stuck-in-the-90's image.Read More
Howard and Illeana are going to have to pull an all-nighter to complete the "This Side Up" monologue forcing a showdown between Lance and Illeana. Illeana must choose between her friendship with Lance over her future relationship with Howard.
Grover keeps a more than watchful eye over Illeana and Howard as they work into the night, and a fateful phone call from Sweden and a ghost named Erland may play a role in Illeana's fate.
Lance oversees IKEA game night for the missing Illeana and Lance's pretty sister Reece catches the eye of Manager Grover.Read More
Illeana gets the "Friske Touch". An unlikely partnership between Howard and Illeana is forged that could be romantic but Howard's past may be keeping him from the true love he doesn't feel he deserves. Illeana is cut from the same cloth as Howard and her own fear of commitment stands in her way
Over an unconventional but romantic dinner they share their stories and their bond deepens. These two have never been good at "co-anything" and they know it, but that never stood in their way before.
The clock ticks into the wee hours of the night as Howard and Illeana realize the show may be finished but they are just getting startedRead More
Illeana begins to see a real future with Howard , both in work and in love may be possible. Judging by the winking and knowing looks, coworkers John and Karin see it too.Time stands still as Illeana and Howard imagine a shared past they may have had together. In a musical sequence Illeana fantasizes about the kind of women she wishes she could be.
Game night for the coworkers brings up unexpected feelings for Manager Grover when he meets Lance's sister Reece for the first time. Lance is happy he has his best friend back, and now needs to concentrate on getting his sister Reece a job on Illeana's show.
Manager Marcus wants all this talk of work to stop so they can go back to having fun.Read More
Illeana starts her talk show "This Side Up" live from IKEA and gets some unexpected career advise from her first guest. Howard Friske has a show stopper of his own, and although Illeana knows that "love doesn't come with instructions" she may have finally put it all together here at IKEA.
The audience is not the only one loving "This Side Up". Illeana's agent Ben Rand is back and ready to negotiate. Manager Grover decides it may be a good "IKEA" to stay in Burbank and produce "This Side Up" especially if Lance's pretty sister Reece is involved.Read More
Tom Arnold begins his judging duties on IKEA'S GOT TALENT much to the delight of Illeana and fellow judges Manager Marcus and Illeana's agent Ben Rand.
IKEA coworkers strut their stuff proving that IKEA Burbank really is, "The home of the show biz sparkle" and as we wrap this season Yolanda reminds us that she's simply " A Girl Who Works at IKEA"Read More